Global biographies

Lived history as method

Edited by Laura Almagor, Haakon Ikonomou and Gunvor Simonsen

Global biographies


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6116-1
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: August 2022
  • BIC Category: History: Theory & Methods, Anthropology, History, History: theory & methods, HISTORY / Historical Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, Modern History, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage, Human Geography, Empires & Historical States, Biography & True Stories / Biography: historical, political & military


Global biographies provides an advanced and comprehensive analytical framework for historians to use biography as a method to write global history. Moving beyond the state-of-the-art, the volume defines and operationalises three uniquely tailored approaches to global biographies: 'time and periodisation', 'exceptional normal' and 'space and scales'. From Icelandic communists and Jewish medical students, via Zambian Third Worldism and Albanian nationalism, to the Black/White Atlantic and Australian internationalists, the volume tests the prospects and pitfalls of the approaches it launches.


Introduction - Laura Almagor, Haakon A. Ikonomou and Gunvor Simonsen
PART I: Time and periodisation
1 Wilsonian moments: Thanassis Aghnides between empire and nation state - Haakon A. Ikonomou
2 Making sense of 1956: experiencing and negotiating the socialist project in Iceland - Rósa Magnúsdóttir
3 Colonial masculinity: monarchy, military, colonialism, fascism and decolonisation - Diana M. Natermann
4 Jewish medical students in Vienna between two world wars - Natalia Aleksiun
PART II: Exceptional normal
5 'Just an African radical'? A Zambian at the edge of the third world - Ismay Milford
6 Exceptionally normal (post)Ottomans: how failure shaped the futures of Balkan heroes - Isa Blumi
7 The exceptional normal: Hugh Lenox Scott (1853-1934) and the United States' imperial expansion - Stefan Eklöf Amirell
8 A fateful beginning: Mehmed Cavid Bey, politics and finance in the global Middle East, 1908-14 - Ozan Ozavci
PART III: Space and scales
9 Scholar, refugee worker, Jew: Koppel S. Pinson (1904-61) - Laura Almagor
10 Transnational agitator and union activist: James W. Ford and the communist push into the Black Atlantic - Holger Weiss
11 A woman with a typewriter: the international career of Dorothea Weger - Benjamin Auberer
12 A white Atlantic life: the money, books and family of Adrian Bentzon - Gunvor Simonsen


Laura Almagor is a Lecturer in Twentieth Century European History at the University of Sheffield

Haakon Ikonomou is a Gerda Henkel Fellow at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen

Gunvor Simonsen is Associate Professor at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen

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